6.28.2011

Jelly Roll Winner!

This is a quick and short post to announce the jelly roll winner - thank you all for your patience, and thank you all for participating in this giveaway! I get much joy in giving away beautiful fabrics and reading your comments - I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for me. :)

The lucky winner is Robyn from Australia! for a good read and to see some sweet quilts, check out her blog called Stitchin' Time. :)

Since I've been feeling under the weather lately I haven't had much time to craft - and also because I'm one of those crazy dog owners - all I have to show is this random picture of my little furrball Paige...I hope she at least brings a smile to your face. :)

Thank you all again for participating in the giveaway, and for checking out the blog!

Until next time, happy quilting!

6.22.2011

Jelly Roll Giveaway!

This giveaway has ended. The winner will be posted on Tuesday as I am under the weather today. Happy Quilting :)
-Jera
In celebration of my latest Moda Bake Shop tutorial called Summer Love (check it out here), I wanted to host this jelly roll giveaway! I've had a good three weeks to admire this yummy roll and am ready to have someone make something fabulous with it (like perhaps my Summer Love quilt ;)! This is new collection called Terrain by Kate Spain. This is an extra special giveaway as this collection won't be available in stores until September, but if you win it you'll get the latest Moda line!

For a chance to win this jelly roll, please participate in the following:
  1. Leave a comment to this post and tell me how long you've been quilting/sewing. And make sure you leave a way for me to contact you! :)

  2. If you like what Quilting In The Rain is all about, you can 'Like' me on Facebook (link on the right) for updates on my latest tutorials!
This giveaway will end on Sunday. I will contact the winner and mail the jelly roll to you - and yes, I will ship international!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Quilting!

6.21.2011

Quilted Sugar Flowers

Earlier this month I made a quilt top called Sugar Flowers - you can find the tutorial here. Anyway, the quilt top had been hanging out in my sewing room for weeks, so I finally had it quilted (thanks again Darlene for the awesome job!). Darlene was able to quilt it over the weekend - with all the projects I have lined up in addition to working away to get the fabric webstore up, who knows how long I would have taken to quilt it myself!
The finished quilt turned out beautiful! Darlene used a hot pink thread for the top which was a jump from my play-it-safe white. I just love how it turned out. :)

I really love the back of the quilt too:
As shown below, I pieced the backing together using 6 fat quarters and 3/4 yd of white muslin. The total cost for the backing only ended up being ~$19.50. I simply trimmed the fat quarters to measure 17"x21" and then lined them up in two rows of 3 each as shown below. From the white muslin I pieced together three 6"x50" strips.

It's a thrifty way to save on backing yardage and to use up fat quarters you might have laying around.

I thought I'd sneak this photo in of my furrballs checking out the quilt. :) It was a beautiful and warm day in Seattle so everyone was outside enjoying the sun. Bodie and Paige were accompanying the quilt in the shade.
And lastly, here's another up-close photo of the quilting. If you click and enlarge the image, you can see the hot pink thread (the backing has white thread). :)
Anyway, that's it for now. I just wanted to share with you how it turned out. Ahh, isn't it a great feeling finishing a quilt?!

Happy Quilting!

6.16.2011

Summer Love Tutorial


 Materials (57" x 50.5" quilt top):
  • 1 jelly roll (you will have plenty of leftover strips!)
  • 1 solid white jelly roll
  • 3 yards backing

Step 1 - Trim the strips from both the colored and solid white jelly roll to the exact measurements represented in the cutting diagram below. (Note: the measurements below are the exact cutting measurements of the unfinished pieces). Since a jelly roll strip is 2.5"x44" long, in some cases you will need to sew a couple strips together and then trim it to get the measurements shown below.

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Step 2 - Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew all the pieces in each row together, and then sew all rows together.

Step 3 - Add the borders. Sew enough strips together until you have these measurements:
  1. Left and right borders - 46.5" long. Sew these on first.
  2. Top and bottom borders - 57" long.
Baste and quilt. Sew together six leftover strips to create the binding. A binding tutorial can be found here.

That's it! Simple and absolutely beautiful! Thank you for checking out my tutorial!

Happy Quilting!
p.s. if you make my pattern, I'd be thrilled if you shared it on my Facebook page!!

6.11.2011

Decisions Decisions!

First of all I wanted to say that my first attempt embroidering was a success, and now I am hooked! Thank you all for your embroidery tips and inspiration! And apparently Anna Maria Horner, one of my favorite fabric designers, is coming out with new embroidery kits (thanks Monica for letting me know!). You can check it out here; I'm loving the colors, and the embroidery on the fabrics << now that's something I would have never thought of! Anyway, I plan to finish the remaining pattern that goes with the embroidery above soon...it's a cute pillow that showcases a new fabric collection coming out in September (that Quilting in the Rain will carry :) called Little Apples.

On a different note, I received beautiful fabrics for my latest Moda Bakeshop tutorial. However, since they sent me double the amount, now I can't decide which line to use. It's such a tough decision especially after seeing the fabrics in person!

Should I go with Summer House by Lily Ashbury?
...Or Terrain by Kate Spain???
Light and fresh, or rich and bold? Such a toughy! Thoughts?? Let me know because I plan to start sewing tomorrow! :)

Happy quilting!

6.08.2011

Trying something new

I've decided to step outside of my quilting comfort zone by trying something new: Embroidery. I'm scared! I've never done it before. Are there any embroidery fans out there? Any tips you want to share with an anxious quilter?

I'm so use to making everything with my super fast 1,600-stitches-per-minute Pfaff Grand Quilter. Taking on a meticulously detailed embroidery project may bring my fast paced crafting to a halt! If it wasn't for this adorable sample pack of fabric called Little Apples (that happened to have embroidery as the main pattern), I wouldn't have taken the plunge into this new world of crafting...It's always the fabric that inspires me ;)
Despite my normally speedy crafting, I'm off to a slow start. :-} I've traced the embroidery design but for the past few days I've been hesitant on starting. Well, a little intimidated maybe. However, I plan to jump right into it tonight! Or maybe tomorrow tonight. We'll see. But once I start, I hope to get into the crafting zone.

On a completely different note, you might have noticed my fondness for skulls as shown in my fabric choice below. :) I don't know what it is...i just really like skulls. Anyway, I've started making a quilted tote bag out of this fabric and plan to eventually post the tutorial. It was hard to capture some of the photos for this bag and still make what I was doing understandable, so I'll probably end up making a little video to explain it better.
Anyways, wish me luck on my embroidery!

6.02.2011

Sugar Flowers

I'm finally using my Sugar Flowers collection! I've been hoarding 14 fat quarters since January and finally cut into them. :) I'm really excited for this quilt. It's a traditional design that utilizes squares...
...lots and lots of squares...

I'm choosing this specific design because it really showcases the gorgeous fabrics.

Why hello Blue! See how the colors pop! I'm loving it. I snapped over 20 photos just during the cutting process alone. :p
Anyway, I will have the tutorial up this Saturday so stay tuned.

Happy Quilting!
 

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